DAVE TOOLEY was among a group of Huddersfield players who travelled to Poland, where he played Roland Knopf, from Berlin.

His opponent offered a draw after 20 Rc1, which led Black to sense White was not up for the fight, so the offer was declined.

But soon it was Black’s turn to offer a draw. Both had played well in the earlier rounds of the Krakow Congress, but here they appeared primarily intent on not losing.

Strangely for a game played around positional principles both missed key moves which might have generated some kind of attack.

Rh3 for White would have initiated a kingside attack while Black should have returned his Knight to f6 rather than allowing it to be swapped off on Black’s 21st move. From f6 the Knight could have danced to g4 later on where it would have proved menacing.

1.d4 d5

2.c4 c6

3.Nc3 Nf6

4.cxd5 cxd5

5.Bf4 e6

6.e3 Bd6

7.Bxd6 Qxd6

8.Bd3 0–0

9.f4 b6

10.Qe2 Nc6

11.a3 Bd7

12.Nf3 Rac8

13.Ba6 Rcd8

14.0–0 Ne8

15.Bd3 Nc7

16.Ne5 Ne8

17.Rf3 f5

18.Nb5 Qe7

19.Nxc6 Bxc6

20.Rc1 Rc8

21.Rff1 Nd6

22.Nxd6 Qxd6

23.Rc3 Bb7

24.Rfc1 Rxc3

25.Rxc3 Rc8